RHP Zach Pop
Pop shocked the world by making the 2023 Opening Day roster for the Blue Jays after a promising 17-game stint the year before. He had a 1.08 ERA through his first nine outings but he surrendered 4 runs in a game against the Astros and things quickly began to go downhill for him.
All told, he finished his season in the big leagues with a 6.59 ERA across 15 outings. In the minors, he had a 5.51 ERA in 31 appearances, but he was allowing runners to reach at a rate that was a bit too high for comfort. He could be either a trade or DFA candidate this offseason, but his trade value is not exactly sky-high right now.
RHP Hagen Danner
Danner, 25, made his big league debut this year after emerging as a promising relief pitching prospect. After recording just one out, he needed to be removed from the game with an injury that wound up ending his season so soon after it started.
The catcher-turned-pitcher has quickly turned heads since his transition to the mound in 2021, and struck out 56 batters in just 39 innings this year in the minor leagues. He has a blazing fastball and strong breaking stuff that could help virtually any team. There's no shot the Blue Jays would DFA Danner, so the way we see him losing his spot is in the form of a trade. He is ready for a big league role, but there may not be room for him in the Blue Jays' bullpen moving forward.